Jan 282018
 

Fall 2018

Jennifer Johnson
1425 N. Second Street
Studio 25A
Philadelphia PA 19122

Education

2016            MFA Ceramics, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA.
1985            BA Philosophy, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA.

Exhibitions

2019

Solo.  The Men’s Room (February–March) The Tenant Gallery at the Crane, Philadelphia, PA. Forty-three porcelain mosaics about the Crane Co. building, its history and the men’s bathroom which is now the Tenant Gallery.

In Place: Residency as Artistic Utopia (February–April) The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN. “The Architecture of Remembering,” seven sculptures responding to Nina Hole’s Himmel Haus, wood-fired, white stoneware.

New Now II (January) InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia PA. “River Path Composition,” porcelain tile mosaic.

2018 

CFEVA’S Holiday Pop Up (December) CFEVA, Philadelphia PA. “Train Tracks and Sweet Gum,” “River Railings,” “River Path Triptych,” and “Waves,” porcelain tile mosaics.

Art in the Open at the Schuylkill Center (September-October) The Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia PA. “River Path Composition,” and “Orange Bench,” porcelain tile mosaics.

Weighty Concerns: Both Artist and Mother (September) The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA. “Six Artists,” abstract, sculptural portraits of six women in fiber and clay.

Dear Fleischer (September) The Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia PA. “St, Martins,” two ceramic postcard drawings from an historic photograph.

Woodmere Annual: 77th Juried Exhibition (June-September) Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia PA. “The Architecture of Remembering,” four sculptures responding to Nina Hole’s Himmel Haus, wood-fired white stoneware.

Art in the Open (May) Philadelphia PA. Exploring the Schuylkill River Trail through embroidery and clay.

Inside Out (April-May) InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. “Powelton Village Iron Fences,” ceramic tiles.

Seventy-Sixers, at NCECA (March) Standard Ceramics, Carnegie PA. “Dreaming of Stairs,” functional porcelain sculpture.

2017

Idle Hands (September) Pilot+Projects, Philadelphia PA, “Readymaking” performance of “Linen Napkins,” 7:40-8:12 pm, ironed violet linen table cloth and six linen napkins during exhibition opening. Video of similar performance vimeo.com/148297634.

Solo. The Architecture of Remembering (July) Det gamle Radhus, Skælskør, Denmark. Exhibition of thirty-six houses and house-like structures, white stoneware, porcelain, wood fired, electric fired cone 10. This work is a response to Nina Hole’s “Himmel House,” produced while an Artist-in-Residence at the International Ceramic Research Center.

2016

Outside In (November) Scotts Mills Studios, Philadelphia PA, Women’s Caucus for Art, “Porcelain Card Table,” “Puzzle” (video, 9 hr, 38 min).

Don’t Take This the Wrong Way (May) Crane Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia PA, “Comfort,” porcelain lamp shade next to five chenille cushions on which to sit and watch video projections inside a box pile, including household entertainment and housework performances.

Solo. Let me clear up a few things (February) MFA Thesis Exhibition, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia PA. Installation recreating a domestic setting including a centered rug with 15 cushions. Two card tables — one porcelain art object spotlit on a pedestal, one a performance space – flank the rug. A 24 ft organza curtain at the entrance flutters intermittently. “Puzzle” (video, 9 hr, 38 min) plays on a large hanging screen, offers a third card table with hands working on a puzzle. Behind the video screen is an attic space with boxes, other objects, and three more video projectors.

2015

Common Inconsistencies (September) Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA,“Award Ceremony Juried by John Schlesinger,” an object-based performance including 9 white bricks with one golden side, inviting an expert to select awards for the 2nd year MFA student show, creating an award ceremony and presenting the awards to the winners. Video of the performance: vimeo.com/147949138.

Push Block (August) Tyler Atrium Gallery, Philadelphia PA, “Daisy” ceramics wall arrangement; “Window Frame,” video projection (vimeo.com/144880244), “The Gold Room” photograph diptych.

Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition (June) The Clay Studio, “Fake Windows on Lancaster Avenue.” Ceramic, video and photo installation about West Philadelphia, including: 52 inch x 55 inch panel with 375- two-inch square ceramic tiles are mounted on mesh, and arranged in a chain link pattern. Two videos can be viewed both on and through tiles. Shadows of the video are cast on the walls from the spaces between the tiles. Front video projection: Fake Windows (5 minutes, looping) is of a wall with nine fake windows on the 3900 block Lancaster Avenue. Rear video projection: Community Meeting (10 minutes looping) includes a recent community meeting convened to discuss the possible demolition of a block of historic buildings (3600 block of Lancaster Avenue).

2014

Solo Funeral for Minimalism (October) Tyler Patio, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA. Installation of 65 tar paper cubes. Cited in Natalia A Vieyra’s artblog review “The Elephant in the Gallery—Carl Andrea at Dia:Beacon,” January 2015.

First Year Show (September) Walm Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA, “What Time Looks Like: Bricks and Orange Cheese Slices.”

Our Community (January) The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA, “Intersection.”

Other

POST East, October 8, 2017, Crane Old School, Philadelphia PA, work from Denmark including a reinstallation of “The Architecture of Remembering.”

POST East, October 22-23, 2016, Crane Old School, Philadelphia PA, “Vase Compositions: Arrangements in Porcelain.” Large installation of porcelain vases mounted on 6′ x 6′ panel. Tiered pedestal display of 200 vases.

First Year Review, April 2015, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia PA, “Demolition at University City High School.” The installation includes a translucent hanging panel (400 ceramic tiles mounted on a 4 by 5 ft piece of mesh) and artifacts from the deinstallation of the Black Bottom Mosaic including tools, insurance certificate, and the broken bits of tile, mortar and other debris that was at the site. The video includes building demolition, the neighborhood, and abstract images.

POST East (Philadelphia Open Studio Tour), October 5-6, 2013, Crane Old School, Philadelphia PA, “Binary Opposition: Two Views in Clay and Tar.”

Grants/Awards

2019       Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, March.
2017       Artist-in-Residence, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark, June-July.
2016       Project Completion Grant, Tyler School of Art.

More about me
For the past thirty years I’ve had a broad set of professional experiences: Co-founded Current Designs, a small high-tech company which makes makes computer response devices for neuroscientists; edited several journals including the American Economic Review and was a fact checker at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s publication department; cooked at the Commissary Restaurant in Philadelphia and Grendel’s Lair in Cambridge (MA).